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  1. Just thought Id pass this along. Please join us for the Rice Design Alliance's Civic Forum 2019. This year we are taking on the urgent topic of urban obsolescence and the importance of maintaining, preserving, and reusing the historic fabric of our cities. At a critical moment in Houston's urban growth, what is the value of architecture in our city and our region and why should we care about preserving Houston's identity through its urban past? While some might argue that doing away with the past can be a sound business solution, is that really the case and does nostalgia really have anything to do with it? Through the analysis of some of Houston's most relevant examples, Obsolescence will discuss the overarching factors that influence how we deal with change in the built environment - from regulations and tax policy, to cultural and political attitudes - all in an era in which preservation strategies are also acutely threatened by the environmental challenges of climate change. YOU ARE INVITED! Tuesday, April 23 5:00 p.m. Reception 6:00 p.m. Civic Forum Brown Auditorium The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005 Admission is free and open to the public. Generous support for the Civic Forum 2019 reception is provided by the Astrodome Conservancy. www.ricedesignalliance.org @rdahouston
  2. As Houstonians gather weekly at farmers markets and community gardens and urban farms sprout everywhere from corner lots to utility corridors to former industrial sites, the city seems host to a renewed passion for a habit of dwelling that feeds the spirit and the body. This spring, the Rice Design Alliance invites you to “Nourish,” a tour of six contemporary houses with edible gardens, created by architects, landscape architects, and designers. “If our kitchen is the heart of our house,” says tour chair and landscape architect Flora Yeh of Mirador Group, “our edible garden would be a nurturing extension. The homes on this tour share an integral theme, a way of life.” “Nourish: An Architecture Tour of Houses and Edible Gardens,” RDA’s 41st annual architecture tour, takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. It features the following houses: 4523 TeasNatalye Appel + Associates Architects, 2015Landscape: RH Factor 3312 UniversityStrasser Design, 2016 2709 Albans1941; English + Associates Architects, 2010 1514 BanksLantz Full Circle, 2012 1603 Cherryhurst1922; GSMA, formerly Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects, Inc., 2009, 2013Landscape: Grove Hill Farm 748 ArlingtonJay Baker Architects, 2003, 2012Landscape: Fischer Schalles You can see more info at our website and buy tickets online.
  3. At a time when Houston has begun to reposition its bayous as an amenity, transforming them from the utility of drainage ditches into the beauty of hundreds of miles of connected linear parks with Bayou Greenways, and when the impending reconfiguration of the Pierce Elevated around Downtown presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the city, the Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance present Projective Infrastructures. Curated by Christopher Hight, Associate Professor of the Rice School of Architecture, this series will bring three internationally recognized landscape architects to help Houstonians continue to consider how the spaces between our buildings — our infrastructures — might be where the future health of our cities, and our citizens, will be found. Click here to purchase series tickets. Wednesday, January 27 Chris Reed Founding Principal, STOSS Associate Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design Among many other projects, Reed’s firm STOSS designed a vision for the Trinity Riverfront, which combines commercial, residential, recreational, ecological, and environmental interventions to bring the river closer to the city, and the city closer to the river. He is also co-editor of a recent book of essays and drawings, Projective Ecologies. Wednesday, February 10 Christophe Girot Director, Atelier Girot Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich Girot designed Invaliden Park, Berlin, one of the first open public spaces between East and West Berlin, which was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005. Wednesday, February 17 Diana Balmori, FASLA Principal, Balmori Associates Balmori Associates has won a competition for a Cool Gardens that was installed in Winnipeg and has also launched a floating experimental vegetable garden in the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site, in Brooklyn. Presently, the firm is a finalist in a competition to reprogram the space underneath a Downtown Cleveland elevated freeway. All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 6 p.m. The MFA,H, is located at 1001 Bissonnet. No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 6:50 p.m. Additional parking at the museum is available until 7p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets. Series Tickets: $20 – RDA, MFAH members $15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older $10 – Students with identification $35 – Others Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture) $7 – RDA, MFAH members Senior citizens 65 years and older Students with identification $15 – Others RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.
  4. RDA's annual design charrette, 1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ, is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at Hanszen College at Rice University. Organized by rdAGENTS, this year’s charrette challenges participants to conceptualize a highly visible part of the new three-story headquarters, designed by Agency-Agency and now under construction on Washington Avenue, of Greater Houston Big Brothers Big Sisters. The leadership of BBBS has discussed with rdAGENTS the intention to continue working with the winning team to realize their design and incorporate it into the building. Charrette participants will receive the full program detailing the challenge and presenting specific considerations when they arrive the morning of August 1. The competition will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Architects, designers, planners, developers, artists, and individuals in teams of up to five people are invited to participate. Fees range from $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members and will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Download the registration form here. A site visit on Saturday, July 25, will precede the charrette. Participants will be able to tour the location and take photographs. The time and meeting place for the site visit will be announced at a later date. Results of the charrette will be on display and jurors will announce awards in Anderson Hall at a reception on Monday, August 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
  5. RDA's Spring 2015 Architecture Tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond, features houses that both stand out from and speak back to the original character of the six wards. Chaired by Joe Meppelink and Brett Zamore, afterWARDS will take place Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tour features the following houses.734 Tulane Street, Shade Development, 20082102 Francis Street, Brett Zamore Design, 20141217 Robin Street, Rodrigo Tovar, 20141515 Woodhead Street, pb elemental design, 20131507 Chestnut Street, kinneymorrow architecture, 2015714/716 Sabine Street, Gottleib Eisele, 1872 and Murphy Mears, 2014205 North St. Charles Street, CONTENT, 2014RDA has organized tours every year since 1975 to help Houstonians experience firsthand the most interesting works of architecture and landscape and interior design in the city. Tours are open only to RDA members, but RDA membership is open to the public. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at designated ticket-buying locations or in advance online and in person at the RDA office at Rice University. Memberships purchased March 1 through April 12 at the Student or Individual level include one complimentary tour ticket; memberships at the Household level and above include two complimentary tour tickets. Ticket prices for current members and their guests are $25, and there is a discounted $15 ticket for Student and Senior RDA members. Once you're a member, you can buy tickets online. Presented in conjunction with the tour, RDA is hosting a free civic forum on the history of the wards, inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards. It will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Tuesday, March 24. Moderated by architect Florence Tang, it will include presentations by the following panelists: Pat Jasper, Director of Folklife + Traditional Arts, Houston Arts AllianceJim Parsons, Director, Special Projects, Preservation HoustonAssata Richards, Ph.D., Director, Sankofa Research Institute; Community Liaison, Project Row HousesGwendolyn Zepeda, writer, Houston Poet Laureate
  6. The Rice Design Alliance will accept applications from January 12 through April 6 to the 16th annual Initiatives for Houston grants program for students and faculty of the Rice School of Architecture, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University, and the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. RDA will make separate awards of up to $5,000 each to a student winner(s) and a faculty winner(s). Please visit our website to download the app. RDA's Initiatives for Houston program focuses on Houston’s built environment, its history, present condition, and future development. A variety of regional projects are considered, including historic research, speculative studies, problem-solving and planning projects, and documentary studies of the conditions of the city and its architecture. Proposals are evaluated for their potential to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the city and/or the region. Projects must describe a dissemination component, which can be in the form of a paper or manuscript, exhibit, video, or other presentation. In addition, the results of the project could be presented by the grantees in a public lecture or published in Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for projects to be completed in one year. More than one proposal in each category, student or faculty, can be funded. Past award-winning proposals are available for review in the architecture libraries of the participating schools. Our guest jurors this year: Leanna Gatlin, Senior Associate, Ziegler Cooper Architects; W. Mark Gunderson, AIA; Principal of W. Mark Gunderson, Architect, Fort Worth; John Hawkins, AIA, Partner, Porter Hedges LLP; Sheryl Kolasinski, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Menil Collection; Susanne Theis, Programming Director, Discovery Green Conservancy. The total application must include: Completed application A written proposal for the project (one to three pages), describing goals, expected outcomes, work plan, and schedule for the project, and a discussion of its significance. Applicants also should describe past work in the area of the proposed research Resume for each participant Students will need a faculty advisor and a letter of support A project budget (equipment such as computers, digital cameras, etc. may not be included) Mail application and supporting materials to: Rice University
 Rice Design Alliance MS-51 P.O. Box 1892
 Houston, Texas 77251-1892 The deadline for applications is April 6, 2015. Awards will be announced on May 4, 2015.
  7. In software design, a plug-in adds a specific feature to enhance or expand an existing application. The Rice School of Architecture/Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Lecture Series presents four speakers who strategically install a different cultural plug-in — material, social, economic, tectonic — to refresh our attitudes about architecture’s capabilities. Curated by RSA Visiting Wortham Lecturer Tei Carpenter, Plug-Ins will feature the following four lecturers: January 21 Markus Bader, Co-Founder, raumlabor Reception sponsored by D.E. Harvey Builders January 28 James Casebere, Artist Reception sponsored by Berger Iron Works, LLC; Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing; and Marek Companies February 11 Hilary Sample, Co-Founder, MOS Architects Reception courtesy RDA February 25 Keller Easterling, Professor, Yale School of Architecture Reception sponsored by Gensler You can purchase series tickets here. All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 1001 Bissonnet Street. A wine reception, sponsored by local architecture, design, and engineering firms, will precede each lecture at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online or by mail. Series Tickets: $20 – RDA, MFA,H members $15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older $10 – Students with ID $35 – Others Single Tickets (as available, sold 30 minutes before the lecture) $7 – RDA, MFA,H members Senior citizens 65 years older Students with ID $15 – Others These lectures are made possible by Pickard Chilton, Brochsteins, Cardno Haynes Whaley, D.E. Harvey Builders, Hines, Hines Southwest Region, Kendall/Heaton Associates, Planning Design Research Corporation, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., Walter P Moore, The Woodlands Development Company/The Howard Hughes Corporation, and the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance. Sponsor support comes from Balfour Beatty Construction, Bury, HOK, McCarthy, TheOFIS Companies, Telios, Trammell Crow Company, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
  8. Our fall lecture series starts tomorrow night. There'll be a mix of architects, historians, artists, photographers; their creative work is speculative and tries to imagine what our cities and buildings will look like in the next 10, 15, 20 years. This lecture series will have a different format from others. On Wednesday, October 1, Jean-Louis Cohen, an architectural historian and critic, will introduce the series and explore its themes. The next two weeks will feature a curated discussion between two artists. On Wednesday, October 8, Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin will be in dialogue with Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (best known for his work with director Spike Jonze on such films as Her and Being John Malkovich). Finally, on Wednesday, October 15, British architect and curator Liam Young and Polish visual artist Agnieszka Kurant will continue the discussion. All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 1001 Bissonnet Street. A wine reception, sponsored by local architecture, design, and engineering firms, will precede each lecture at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets for the series here. Or you can purchase single tickets the night of. They're $15 for the general public and $7 for RDA/MFAH members, students with ID, and seniors.
  9. RDA's annual civic forum will address walkabilty in Houston. “WALK HOUSTON” will be a two-part forum with short presentations and moderated discussions among panelists followed by a question-and-answer session with audience members. The forums will take place at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, August 20 and 27, at the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Admission is free and open to the public. The panelists come from an array of governmental, commercial, academic, and nonprofit organizations: WHY WALK Wednesday, August 20 Clark Martinson, General Manager of the Energy Corridor District Bakeyah Nelson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Health and Applied Sciences, UH-Clear Lake Susan Rogers, Assistant Professor and Director, Community Design Resource Center, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston HOW TO WALK Wednesday, August 27 Kinder Baumgardner, President, SWA Group Raj Mankad, Editor of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, Rice Design Alliance Carra Moroni, Program Manager, Community Transformation Initiative, Houston Department of Health and Human Services Rob Tullis, Vice President, Director of Design, GID Urban Development Group You can see more here: http://ricedesignalliance.org/2014/2014-civic-forum-addresses-walkability-in-houston/
  10. http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...mp;event_id=458 8am-4pm (Note: Site visit is Saturday, July 19) Reservations required www.rda.rice.edu With its hike and bike trails, lush landscaping, exciting public art, and imaginative lunar lighting scheme, Buffalo Bayou is being transformed into an active and vibrant waterfront destination in downtown Houston. Routine flooding, however, restricts other entertainment from further activating this valuable public space. But does it have to? For its 2008 Design Charrette, Rice Design Alliance joins with Buffalo Bayou Partnership to investigate how Houston
  11. Looks really great although the membership fee is a bit steep. I wanted to join anyway, so I guess it's OK. Anyone done one of these before? How bike-friendly is it? It looks like the houses are too close together to drive, but too far apart to be able to see them all if you have to walk between them. http://rda.rice.edu/index.php?topgroupid=6...&groupid=78 Thanks, marmer
  12. RDA is holding, tonight at 7PM, at the Brown Auditorium of the MFAH, the second part of the three series civic forum on "Public Realm: The Built Environment." Admission is free and open to the public so please join us! The MFAH is located at 1001 Bissonnet Link Part 2: The Built Environment Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m. Panelists: Martin Melosi Director of the Institute for Public History Director of Graduate Studies in History at the University of Houston Christof Spieler Structural Engineer, Matrix; Editorial Board Member of Cite, The Architecture and Design Review of Houston. Moderator: John S. Jacob, Ph.D. Director, Texas Coastal Watershed Program Environmental Quality and Coastal Community Development Specialist Texas Sea Grant and Texas Cooperative Extension
  13. The spring issue of Cite is out. Contents include: "A Pleasant Promenade" - the new pathway along Buffalo Bayou Good Brick Awards "Goodbye to the Wonderful World of Fun" - About Astroworld's closing "Prairie Style" - New Prairie View A&M School of Architecture "Dew Drop in" - Saving a plantation house in Fort Bend "It Fakes a Village" - Walkable neighborhoods in Houston, including Rice Village Wasn't there supposed to be an ad for HAIF? I don't see it.
  14. The Public Realm A Series of Civic Forums Presented by the Rice Design Alliance The public realm is a constantly shifting concept that once included fields and rivers, wildlife and plants. Today we think of it mostly in terms of the built places and networks in which we conduct our daily lives, hopefully in safety, with convenience, and with some comfort. Its influence on our quality of life is enormous, and because it is public, it is the place where individuals and communities can have the greatest affect on the quality of life. So where is the public realm? What are its boundaries and how are those decided? Who is responsible for its integrity and maintenance? These civic forums will explore change in our complex human habitat, and the places and people that are involved. Part 1: The Big Picture Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m. Panelists: Jim Blackburn Attorney; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department, Rice University Kevin Shanley President SWA Group; past president of the Bayou Preservation Association Part 2: The Built Environment Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m. Part 3: Public Spaces, Urban Places Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m. All Civic Forums begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet (Enter via the Main Street Door) Parking at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is available for $3 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin. The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. For this civic forum, attendees will earn one Learning Unit/Health, Safety, Welfare, which will be reported to CES Records on the member
  15. Here comes the RDA tour! I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on the mods on the tour. Either what you might know about them before or after you've seen them. 250 Pine Hollow Circle, 1953 Wilson, Morris & Crain, architects The owner of this house talked at the lecture the other night. Her problems with flooding and the loss of land to the currents of the bayou over the years made my problems with noise from the street seem like nothing. She was a very entertaining speaker. I am looking forward to seeing this house. This link below shows a picture of the back of the house back when it was built. The owner said the house is still pretty original all things considered, because they have had to put their money into other things, like reclaiming the land from the bayou... http://texasarchitect.org/ta200509-essay.p...e8752cf985dfbbc 266 Pine Hollow Circle, 1972 P. M. Bolton Associates, architect 403 Westminster, 1960 Neuhaus and Taylor, architect This house is newly restored, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it. I'm hoping they have some before pictures as well. I am a docent here on the early shift Saturday, so stop and say hi to the big smiling bald guy! 407 Thamer Circle, 1974 Raymond Brochstein, Anderson Todd, and William T. Cannady, architects http://rda.rice.edu/index2.php?topgroupid=...d=34&groupid=78 Jason
  16. Practicum: Both the Rice University School of Architecture and the University of Houston College of Architecture present upper level design/build classes. The general intention of both programs is to offer design students broader exposure to the construction process and industry. By focusing on smaller scale projects or prototype assemblages, students and their faculty advisors are given the opportunity to work from schematic design through construction documents to cost estimating, and ultimately to fabrication and construction of the built structure. Praxis: Throughout Houston, many architect-owned design firms have emerged during the past decade in response to a demand for the professional delivery method referred to as "Design/Build." In particular, there have been several architect firms that have used this delivery method to develop residential projects in Houston. Whereas the typical design/build delivery involves a venture between an architect and a builder, these architect-developers act as builders. In the same way the Rice and U of H design/ build students have constructed their projects, the architects presented in this symposium have built theirs. Symposium at UH College of Architecture Practicum 9:00 - 10:20 am Rice Building Workshop Students and Faculty UH Graduate Design/Build Studio Students and Faculty Joe Meppelink, Onizieme Mouton, and Andrew Vrana Praxis 10:40-12:00 am Anne Eamon and Mark Schatz, m + a architecture studio Rodney Collins, Collins Architects & Construction Co. Chung Nguyen, MC2 Architects Camilo Parra, Parra Design Group Lunch and Design/Build Tour 1. UH Charter School Project 1: Wheeler and Cullen 2. UH Charter School Project 2: Homan and Cullen 3. Rice and UH projects at Roberts Elementary School 4. Rice and UH Projects at Poe Elementary School 5. UH Project at Ervan Chew Park: 4502 Dunlavy 6. Rice Project at Project Row Houses: Six Square House 7. Rice Project at Project Row Houses: XS House 8. Rice Project at Project Row Houses: Duplexes Reception 4:30 - 5:30pm Reception and Exhibition at Project Row House CDC (formerly Delia's Lounge) Ticket Prices RDA Member Student Rate: Free for Symposium, $10 for Lunch, Tour and Reception General Student Rate: Free for Symposium, $20 for Lunch, Tour and Reception AIA/RDA Member Rate*: $20 for Symposium, $30 for Lunch, Tour and Reception Reservations Required for Lunch and Design/Build Tour and must be paid in full. For payment information and reservations, please call 713-348-4876. The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston region through educational programs, the publication of Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, and active programs to initiate physical improvements. Membership is open to the general public. *The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. For the Symposium, attendees will earn three Learning Units; and for the Bus Tour, attendees will earn one Learning Unit, which will be reported to CES Records on the member's behalf. Registration at Symposium and Bus Tour is required. Non-AIA members may request a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements. Special Accommodations: Please alert us if you need any special accommodations. A minimum of two weeks notice is appreciated. Link for more info
  17. The winter issue of RDA's "Cite" is out, and it's a good'un. Contents: "Retail Resurrection: The Death and Rebirth of Saks Pavillion" "A Place to Come To", about the new downtown park, with a rendering of the most recent plan "Howling on Dowling". Redevelopment of the El Dorado Ballroom on Dowling. "Follow the Money". Detailed review of the new Fed building on Allen Parkway. "City Under Glass". History of the Galleria. "Remembering Westbury Square: Houston's First Lifestyle Center", with some nice before and after photos. "Lifestyle Centers Coming (Back) to Houston". Invented Main Street shopping centers. "Next Steps Inside the Loop. Will we finnaly see a cosmopolitan mixed-use district?" "Wal-Mart meets Architect". Walmart architecture. "The Woodlands: Retrospect and Prospect". History of a mega-suburb. "Aesthetic of Demoltion". The Art League of Houston project on Montrose. "Storm Warning". Planning for the next flood.
  18. All Aboard for the RDA Art Deco Tour! Saturday, October 16, 2004 1 p.m.
  19. Last night at the Rice Design Alliance Civic Forum it was announced that Houston Mod will assist RDA in planning their April tour. Any info on what may be included? The tour is scheduled for April 2 & 3, 1-5 PM.
  20. In June, Part 1, Earth, addressed the successes and challenges in shaping the face of our residential life through various neighborhood organizations and activists. In September, the second forum, Fire, focused on the current economic engines and their impact on the city form. The final forum, to be held at 7pm on December 1, will address the larger forces beginning to coalesce that will reconfigure our region, including economic, environmental, and social conditions. Panelists: James D. Calaway, CEO, Center for Houston's Future David Crossley, President, Gulf Coast Institute Nestor Rodriguez, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Houston and Co-Director, Center for Immigration Research Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet (Enter via the Main Street Door) Parking at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is available for $3 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin. Admission is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by Crescent Real Estate Equities, Ltd.; Intell Management and Investment Company; The Invironmentalists; KUHF 88.7 FM; MetroNational; Schenck and Company; Trammell Crow Company; Walter P. Moore; Webb Architects; The Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; and the City of Houston/Harris County through the Cultural Arts Council. The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. For this civic forum, attendees will earn one Learning Unit/Health, Safety, Welfare, which will be reported to CES Records on the member's behalf. Registration at the lecture is required. Non-AIA members may request a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.
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